- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

ROME (AP) - Rome’s water utility is planning to reduce water pressure in factories and buildings across the capital in its latest effort to combat the effects of a nationwide drought that has parched reservoirs and wreaked havoc on Italian agriculture.

Acea said the night-time reductions would begin in September, when Romans return en masse from vacation.

Italy has suffered a drought across the country this summer, with 70 percent less rain falling on Rome than average. Compounding the problem in Rome were years of neglect on the city’s leaky aqueducts, which lose about 40 percent of their water before reaching consumers.

Acea said Monday that 1,300 leaks had been repaired.

Italian farm lobby Coldiretti estimates more than 2 billion euros ($2.4 billion) in losses nationwide due to the drought.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide